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Khadija is an award-winning leader and inspirational speaker with 16 years’ experience, whose warm and encouraging message is based on her own story of overcoming small and large obstacles.


She speaks confidently and frankly, exuding abundant energy and excitement. Khadija uses her story to inspire and motivate others to reach their goals and live the lives they always dream of. Khadija has faced many adversities in life such as war, homelessness, depression, female genital mutilation, abuse and domestic violence. One of her talents is being able to help others take that first step to reclaim their lives and be survivors. Khadija is living proof that although life knocks everybody down at one point or another, it’s what you choose to do with those experiences that determines your future.  

As a speaker, Khadija is an engaging storyteller who guides her audience through a journey of pain, survival, self-discovery, hope and strength. Khadija’s message is one of hope, truth, love and passion. She finds humour even in the most negative and traumatic experiences. This talent has helped audiences powerfully engage with her even during explorations of tough topics like Female Genital mutilation. Many attendees report crying and laughing at the same time, so no matter what age, background or walk of life Khadija teaches, inspires and motivates.


Khadija is known for being confident and frank, and for using her irrepressible energy and humour to lighten serious messages. She aims to motivate people to take action, and transmit the skills and knowledge to communicate and collaborate with sensitivity in their communities. Her presentations are drawn from her experiences of the world as a place of infinite potential and wonder, and she uses stories from her life to enrich her message.  Khadija draws content from both her heart and professional experience. 

Khadija speaks on topics ranging from:

  • Intersectional Feminism

  • Domestic and Family Violence 

  • Engaging CALD Communities 

  • Cultural Intelligence

  • Cultural Safety

  • Cultural Diversity 

  • Allyship

  • Racism

  • Sexism

  • Refugee experience 

  • Dismantling Systematic Oppression

  • Child Protection

  • Female Genital Mutilation

  • Women's Health

  • Leadership

  • Third culture identity

  • Refugee experience

  • Inclusion 

  • Leadership

  • Advocacy

  • Multiculturalism

  • Cultural awareness

  • Cultural competency 

  • Mental Health

  • Finding and using your voice

  • Overcoming adversity 


TedxCanberra – TED Talks

Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out.

Check out the official TedX website.

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